- Published on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 08:36
Tuesday, 7th August 2012, 8:00 PM
Discussion on Alternative Tourism in Palestine
Samer Kokaly from the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG)
Alternative or critical tours are crucial for bringing people into contact with Palestinian reality, for giving them both information and learning experiences that heighten their understanding of the conflict. Critical tours allow the Palestinians to present their own views and culture, and allow visitors to draw their own conclusions.
To what are alternative tours an alternative? Can tours further a just and viable peace in the region? Can a plurality of voices be presented in a way that informs and doesn't further mystify the situation in Palestine? What is the code of conduct for tourism in the Holy Land? These questions and more will be discussed at this important event.
Samer Kokaly works at the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG), a Palestinian NGO specialised in tours that present a critical look at the history, culture and politics of Palestine and its complex relationship with Israel. Located in Beit Sahour, the ATG was founded as a non-profit tourist agency in 1995, when many Palestinians felt that their contemporary culture and the political realities they were living did not find adequate expression in conventional pilgrim-oriented tourism.
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Please join for this informative event!
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The AIC is a joint Palestinian-Israeli activist organization engaged in dissemination of information, political advocacy and grassroots activism. The AICafè is a political and cultural café open on Tuesday and Saturday night from 7pm until 10.30 pm. Every Thursday at 8 PM, the AICinema screens films from the Arab World and beyond.The AIC is located in the Alternative Information Center in Beit Sahour, close to Suq Sha'ab (follow the sign to Jadal Center). We have a small library with novels, political books and magazines. We also have a number of Films in DVD copies and the AIC publications which are aimed to critically analyze both Palestinian and Israeli societies, as well as the conflict itself.